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CPTV Video Spotlight -- Mike Leah On Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Tournaments

Poker Pro Gives Advice On Playing The Popular Tournament Format


Mike LeahMike Leah has gotten off to a good start in 2014, recently winning a $1,000 prelim at the Fallsview Poker Classic just weeks after taking down a $5,000 no-limit hold’em turbo side event at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $119,770. The Canadian poker pro now sits in 15th place in the overall Card Player Player of the Year standings as a result of his hot start to the year.

Card Player TV caught up with Leah recently to learn a little more about how to approach live NLH turbos, in which blind levels are far shorter than in normal events. Leah first shared some of his thoughts on how people over-adjust to the format.

“I think some people definitely play too aggressive, they think they have to adjust and play faster and they probably do that too much. I think that really all that happens [in these turbo events] is that you get to the deeper and more meaningful stages of the tournament quicker,” said Leah. “You get to where almost everybody has 20 to 30 big blinds and you almost play the entire tournament that way, so it just puts more emphasis on push-fold, when to shove and when to call… those kind of decisions as opposed to being super deep stacked and playing a lot post flop.”

Leah also discussed other ways that people adjust poorly to the format and what advice he would give someone who was going to play a turbo if he had to boil it down to one sentence. Check out all of that in the full video below: